Consultation display

Implementation of education reforms

Purpose of the consultation

The Children, Young People and Education Committee has agreed monitor the implementation of two key education reforms as they are being rolled out throughout the sixth Senedd:


>>>The Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Act 2021

>>>The Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018



Throughout the Sixth Senedd it will monitor the implementation of these reforms by carrying out a series of short, focussed, thematic check-ins. Each check-in will involve some engagement activities (e.g. visits to schools to talk to staff, pupils and parents) and scrutiny of a Welsh Government Minister.


The consultation responses will help to steer the Committee on what it wants to focus on before each planned check-in.


Anyone with an interest in either the new curriculum or the ALN reforms – such as educators, stakeholders, pupils or parents - can submit their views on any element of the rollout of the education reforms at any point on their implementation journeys.


You are welcome to submit as many responses as you want, as regularly as you want. They will all feed into the Committee’s decisions about how to focus its scrutiny. It’s important to the Committee that the voices of stakeholders and members of the public feed into this body of work.


Submitting your views

We would like you to submit your views by completing the proforma.


The closing date for submissions is at the end of the Sixth Senedd (in 2026).


Please email your completed proforma to 


We are keen to hear from as many people as possible. If you would like to submit your views but do not want/are not able to complete this proforma, please call the Committee’s clerks, who can arrange with you a different way for your voice to be heard

0300 200 6565 or



Terms of reference:

This inquiry will focus on:


>>>Implementation of the Curriculum for Wales in early years settings, primary schools and secondary schools.

>>>The level of consistency and equity of learning opportunities for pupils across Wales, given the flexibility for schools to develop their own curricula within a national framework.

>>>The associated reform of qualifications to align with the Curriculum for Wales.

>>>Implementation of the new Additional Learning Needs (ALN) system and the effective transfer of learners from the existing Special Educational Needs (SEN) system.

>>>The application of the definition of ALN, compared to presently for SEN, and whether there is any ‘raising of the bar’ on the ground for determining eligibility for provision.

>>>The professional learning and other support settings are receiving to ensure effective implementation of the Curriculum for Wales and the ALN system.

>>>Other factors potentially affecting implementation of the Curriculum for Wales and the ALN system, for example levels of funding and fall out from the pandemic.

>>>The particular challenges and opportunities facing different types of schools in varying circumstances (e.g. language medium, demographics and locality) in terms of implementing curriculum and ALN reform.



Providing Written Evidence

The Senedd has two official languages, Welsh and English.


In line with the Senedd’s Official Languages Scheme the Committee requests that documents or written responses to consultations intended for publication or use in Senedd proceedings are submitted bilingually. When documents or written responses are not submitted bilingually, we will publish in the language submitted, stating that it has been received in that language only.


We expect other organisations to implement their own standards or schemes and to comply with their statutory obligation.


Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.


Disclosure of information

Please ensure that you have considered the Senedd’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Committee.


Please note that some responses have been restricted by the request of the sender.

Supporting documents

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Children, Young People and Education Committee
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Telephone: 0300 200 6565